Breakfast Clubs

Department for Education written question – answered on 28th September 2022.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will take steps to ensure that all schools offer free breakfast club places.

Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Minister of State (Education)

The government is committed to continuing support for school breakfast clubs, and we are investing up to £24 million to continue our national programme until the end of the summer term in 2023. This funding will support up to 2,500 schools in disadvantaged areas, meaning that thousands of children from low-income families will be offered free nutritious breakfasts to better support their attainment, wellbeing, and readiness to learn. Schools are eligible for the programme if they have 40% or more pupils within bands A-F of the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index, a nationally recognised indicator of need.

The enrolment process is still underway for schools that wish to sign up to the programme. As of May 2022, over 2,000 schools had signed up.

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